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Texas lawmaker wants to end emoji mix-ups with Chilean flag

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:07:52 -0500

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A state lawmaker filed a resolution this week urging people to think before they text and stop using an emoji of the Chilean flag, which resembles the Lone Star State flag, as a symbol of Texas pride.(image)

Dubai police summon Russian model who dangled from skyscraper: newspaper

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:36:06 -0500

DUBAI (Reuters) - Dubai police have summoned a Russian model who posed for a video while dangling from a skyscraper to sign a pledge not to put her life in danger again, a local newspaper reported on Saturday.(image)

Thimble dropped from Monopoly board game after getting a thumbs-down

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:38:34 -0500

BOSTON (Reuters) - New versions of Monopoly will no longer give players the option of using a tiny silver-colored thimble as their pawn on the board, after fans voted to drop the piece that had featured in the game since its introduction in 1935.(image)

Germany bans talking doll Cayla, citing security risk

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:53:03 -0500

BERLIN (Reuters) - A talking doll named Cayla has been banned by German authorities because the software inside her could be hacked, posing a security risk and allowing personal data to be revealed.(image)

Tired of screen addicts, Vienna cafe says phone juice costs extra

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:09:31 -0500

VIENNA (Reuters) - Grumpy waiter service is as traditional as apple strudel in Vienna, but a cafe in one of the city's most recognizable landmarks has caused disquiet with what seems to be an Austrian first: charging customers for charging their phones.(image)

Atlanta zoo welcomes baby cockroach 'Tom Brady'

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:02:19 -0500

(Reuters) - Atlanta Falcons fans no doubt were calling Tom Brady all sorts of names after this month's Super Bowl, and now the city has a cockroach named after the New England quarterback.(image)

Bike-promoting Belgian minister finds own cycle stolen

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 03:50:03 -0500

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian minister arrived by bike to a news conference to promote cycling on Tuesday, only to find it had been stolen when he left half an hour later.(image)

Paris museum gets an Airbus A380 superjumbo

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:42:18 -0500

PARIS (Reuters) - France honored the A380 superjumbo with a place in its national aerospace museum on Tuesday, granting it equal status with the Boeing 747 even as questions pile up over the future of the industry's biggest jets.(image)

Very old, charming - er - thing goes on display in Athens

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:27:55 -0500

ATHENS (Reuters) - A bird-like statuette dating back 7,000 years has mystified archaeologists in Greece who still do not know exactly what it is, or where it came from.(image)

Austrian authorities seeking Hitler double seen around birthplace

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 15:51:49 -0500

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian authorities are investigating reports of a man appearing in public in Adolf Hitler's birthplace as the Nazi dictator's double, including the distinctive mustache, haircut and clothing.(image)